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You work so hard to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You floss (almost) everyday and brush your teeth twice a day. Did you ever think that some of the foods that you eat affect the health of your teeth? You will be surprised when you read the list of some of the worst food for your teeth.

The Worst Food for Your Teeth

  1. Citrus Fruit – This food in general has many great health benefits, but these benefits do not include being good for your teeth. Foods like lemons, grapefruits or oranges contain a lot of acid which can erode tooth enamel over time.
  2. Chewy Candy – The general rule is that the sticker it is, the worse it is. These types of candy stick to and in between your teeth allowing bacteria to have a picnic in your mouth. The sugar is also converted into acid which affects your tooth enamel which can result in cavities.
  3. Pickles – The acid used to pickle the cucumbers is what is makes pickles one of the worst foods for your teeth. Just like citrus fruit, the acid from the pickles can erode tooth enamel over time.
  4. Soda – OK, this one may not surprise you. Most people know that any sugary drink can cause cavities, however what you may not know is that most sodas are also acidic. At times the acid in the drinks can be more harmful than the sugar that is in the soda.
  5. Wine – Not only are wines acidic, but they also enhance the dreaded discolouration of your teeth. It’s no secret that red wine leaves your teeth stained, but what you may not know is that the wine tannins tend to dry your mouth out which worsens the stains.
  6. Crackers – The carbohydrates in crackers quickly turn into sugar in the mouth providing food to the infamous bacteria living in your mouth. On top of that, crackers are mushy when eaten and can get easily lodged in between teeth.
  7. Coffee – This one may disappoint many of you. Coffee is a huge stain causing food, even worse than tobacco.
  8. Tea – Thought you were out of the woods because your drink tea? Not so fast! Black tea is actually worse than coffee. Additionally it contains tannins (like red wine), which can enhance tooth stains.

Now that you know which foods are the worst for your teeth, you can be more conscious when making the decision to eat/drink them. Keep in mind that any of the above items, in moderation, will not cause extensive tooth damage. However, doing things like chewing sugar-free gum and drinking lots of water can counteract the effects of the worst foods for your teeth.

To find out what foods are beneficial to your teeth, visit the Ontario Dental Association’s website.

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Invisible Braces | Invisalign Clear Aligners

by on September 21, 2017 | Posted in Blog

Everything You Need To Know About Invisible Braces!

Those straight teeth you’ve been dreaming of may no longer require a set of bulky metal braces. With Invisalign invisible braces, you can get a Hollywood smile without the typical hassle of unattractive wire and bracket braces. Barely visible, Invisalign will enhance self-esteem and confidence all while aligning your teeth!

If you want to enhance your smile, but are worried about the appearance and inconvenience of regular braces, then Invisalign might be right for you!

Here’s everything you need to know about invisible braces:

How is Invisalign/invisible braces different from regular metal braces?

First and foremost, Invisalign is invisible! That means you don’t have to worry about feeling self-conscious about your smile.  Getting braces as an adult can seem daunting, but with Invisalign you won’t need to worry about tackling social situations with your braces because your friends won’t even know you’re wearing any.

Secondly, unlike regular braces where you need to avoid eating any sticky or tough foods that will damage your appliance, Invisalign aligners are removable! When you want to enjoy a special treat or bite into your favourite foods you can remove your aligners just like that. But that’s not even the best part…

With Invisalign, you can see virtual results before your treatment even begins. That’s right! You’ll know exactly how your smile will turn out if you follow each step in your Invisalign treatment.

How does it work?

Invisalign uses a series of lab-fabricated aligners to straighten your teeth over a fixed period of time.  The first step in your Invisalign treatment is a consultation with your dentist. He or she will need to determine whether or not Invisalign is right for your mouth. From there, your dentist will take impressions to build your custom-fit aligners.

Over the course of your treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will be slightly different from the last in order to slowly adjust the position of your teeth in a way that is pre-mapped by your dentist. Your dentist will be able to show you the slight changes that are expected for your teeth at each stage of the process before they even happen.

In order to complete your Invisalign treatment successfully, aligners must be worn at least 20 hours a day and should only be removed for eating, brushing and flossing.

How much does it cost?

The cost of Invisalign invisible braces is often similar to the cost of regular metal braces though with all the perks Invisalign offers, the choice should be a no-brainer. Invisalign treatment is faster, innovative and virtually invisible!

Invisalign offers treatment no other brands of clear aligners are capable of. With proprietary, multilayer SmartTrack® material, proven to fit better and more comfortably, Invisalign is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world.

The cost of Invisalign can range anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000 CAD. This is determined by the condition of your teeth and gums, the length of your treatment and your orthodontic insurance coverage.

For a better idea of how much you can expect to spend on Invisalign, check out the Invisalign Cost Calculator.

What happens after my treatment?

Once your Invisalign treatment is complete you can say goodbye to your invisible braces aligners for good!

In order to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their natural position, we recommend wearing a retainer. There are two different retainers we offer our patients. The first is a lingual wire retainer. The lingual wire retainer is permanent and is bonded to the back of the teeth. It cannot be removed and therefore you do not need to worry about remembering to put the retainer in or take it out. With a lingual wire retainer regular flossing is crucial as the wire can collect food, tartar and plaque.

The second form of retainer is a Vivera® retainer. A Vivera® retainer is made by the makers of Invisalign using the same technology. These retainers are custom-made and are to be worn nightly. Forgetting to wear your Vivera® retainer will cause your teeth to shift.

Contact us to schedule your Invisalign consultation!

If you have any questions about Invisalign invisible braces or if you’d like to schedule an appointment for a consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you!

Call 905-545-4833 or email us at info@centurystonedental.com to get started today!

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How to Deal With Dental Anxiety

by on August 19, 2017 | Posted in Blog

Fear of the dentist is a lot more common than you think. In fact, an estimated 13% to 24% of people around the world are affected by some form of dental anxiety. Fortunately for most people, dental anxiety is disturbing but not disabling. However, others are so terrified of going to the dentist that the mere thought can be crippling. Those who suffer from a more severe form of dental anxiety suffer from something called; dental phobia. Someone with dental phobia will avoid a visit to the dentist at all costs, even if that means ignoring an infection or a toothache that’s interfering with day-to-day activities.

If you find yourself so nervous about visiting the dentist that it is affecting your oral health and deterring you from going to your check-ups all together, you may be experiencing dental anxiety, fear or phobia.

Why Do People Fear the Dentist?

Dental anxiety, fear, or phobia is usually triggered by a specific event, experience or expectation. Many people who fear the dentist develop this fear after having a bad encounter, while others find the entire experience overwhelming or even embarrassing. Some people dread the dentist simply because they anticipate the visit to be painful – though many dentists offer sedatives to make patients feel more comfortable and at ease.

So what can you do if you, or someone you know, is allowing their fear of the dentist to compromise their health? Check out these 7 great tips to learn how to deal with dental anxiety:

Acknowledge and Communicate Your Fears

In order to come to terms with your feelings, you need to be able to address them. Acknowledging your fears is the first step to overcoming them. Write your fears down or speak openly about them to someone you trust. If you can’t admit to your fears you won’t be able to address them directly and ultimately, you will struggle to overcome them.

Once you’re able to recognize your fears you must communicate them to your dentist. Don’t worry, your dentist won’t take any offence. Dentists are used to dealing with hesitant patients. By explaining your fears to your dentist he or she will be able to work with you to help you find ways to get comfortable at their office

Take Small Steps

If you have dental anxiety, the last thing you should be doing is rushing in and out of the dentist’s office to get a major procedure. Instead, you should be taking small steps to acclimate to your dentist’s office in order to reduce your fear and create new and better experiences.

The right doctor will understand your fear and won’t schedule you for any major treatments until they know for certain you are comfortable. Start small with a check-up or a polish – even just sitting in the dental chair for a few minutes is a step in the right direction – then slowly progress into more advanced treatments if necessary.

Bring a Friend or a Family Member

Bring a companion to appointments for support and assurance. Depending on the nature of your procedure, your dentist might even allow your friend to join you and keep you company during the treatment itself.

Be sure to bring someone supportive who does not have any anxiety or phobia about visiting the dentist.

Practice Relaxation Techniques

There are several different relaxation techniques you can use to help relax while in the dental chair. For starters, you can distract yourself using your imagination. Close your eyes and think of something that makes you happy, think up some fun plans for your upcoming weekend, or solve a work issue in your head. No matter what you choose to daydream about it will take your mind off the issue at hand.

If you’re not able to allow your mind to wander, focus on your breathing. According to Harvard Medical School, deep breathing has the power to evoke the body’s natural relaxation response. If you feel your body tensing up, breathe slowly and deeply.

Consider Noise-Cancelling Headphones

If the mere sounds of a dental procedure is enough to make your stomach queasy, consider bringing noise-cancelling headphones and soothing music to your next appointment. If music isn’t your thing, bring a podcasts or read-aloud book to listen to while you’re in the waiting room or during your treatment.

Ask for Sedatives

A dentist can administer sedation to keep a patient calm and relaxed during their treatment. To administer sedation, a dentist will place a mask, similar to an oxygen mask over your face.

At Century Stone Dental we offer patients nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”). You will receive an incremental dose of nitrous oxide until you begin to feel the full effects. The exact dose of gas varies from person to person, as some are more sensitive to it than others.

Find the Right Dentist

Finding the right dental practice can play a huge role in overcoming your dental fears. Ask friends and family for recommendations or look up local listings and read reviews.

Make a list of practices you think would be right for you then call each practice one by one. During each phone call, ask questions and pay attention to how the staff responds. Do they make you feel comfortable or do they sound dismissive?  Are they helpful or are they meandering about? If you’re comfortable talking with them on the phone then schedule an appointment to meet the dentist in person!

On your visit, be aware of the atmosphere and take a look at your surroundings. If the office is clean and makes you feel relaxed, then that’s a good sign that it’s a practice that will be able to address both your oral health problems and your dental anxieties.

When it comes to the dentist themselves, the right dentist will offer assurance and will not just listen to your fears but will address them without making you feel judged.

 

Next time you’re due for a trip to the dentist, remember these 7 tips. In the end, it’s in everyone’s interest to overcome dental fear and make dental treatment a calm, comfortable, and safe experience.

 

Sources:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/dental-fear-our-readers-suggest-coping-techniques-20100825327

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/article/what-is-dental-anxiety-and-phobia

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Mouthguards: Fighting Sports-Related Injuries

by on August 11, 2017 | Posted in Blog

Every year thousands of athletes sustain traumatic dental and head injuries while playing their favourite sports. From hockey to handball, these injuries do not discriminate. The upside is that most of these injuries can be avoided with the use of a well-fitted mouthpiece while active in the sport.

No matter your age, your gender, your league or the level of contact sport you might be playing, you should always, always be wearing a mouthguard while participating. Absolutely any athlete can be at risk of a dental injury, and most of these types of injuries can be prevented with the use of a mouthguard.

Neglecting to wear a mouthguard while playing a contact sport could land you a trip to the dentist – or worse –  it could cost you a trip to the emergency room!

Sports-related dental injuries send more than 600,000 people to the emergency room every year! And that’s not even the worst case scenario. Without the use of a mouthguard you could chip or break teeth, fracture crowns or bridgework, risk lip and cheek injuries, cause root damage to the teeth or fracture jaws. But there’s more; mouthguards protect against jaw fractures and concussions by absorbing the energy of a traumatic blow to the chin.  The importance of mouthguards in sports cannot be overstated.

At present, mouthguards are mandatory for most contact sports. Children who play hockey, football and rugby are often required to wear a mouthguard but the truth of the matter is, a mouthguard should be worn during any sport where a dental injury could occur.

 

Sports For Which You May Need a Mouthguard:

  • Acrobatics
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Boxing
  • Extreme sports
  • Field events
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Ice hockey
  • Inline skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby
  • Shotputting
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

 

If you participate in any of the activities on the list above, it is strongly recommended that you wear a properly fitted mouthguard.  Fortunately, you don’t need to stress about a mouthguard distracting you from your sport as bulky mouthguards are no longer the only option. Due to the popularity of contact sports, mouthguards now come in all different shapes, sizes and colours and can be customized to suit your preferences.

Choosing a Mouthguard:

There are three types of mouthguards to choose from:

  1. Custom-Made: These types of mouthguards are made by your dentist. They are more expensive than other forms of mouthguards as they are designed individually for comfort and fit. For a custom-made mouthguard, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth then use it as a mold for your guard.
  2. Boil and Bite: These mouthguards can be bought at any sporting goods store and even at some drugstores. These guards must be softened in boiled water then inserted into your mouth to allow the guard to adapt to the shape of your mouth. Boil and bite guards can cost anywhere from $10 – $50.
  3. Stock: These mouthguards are the most inexpensive as they typically cost less than $15 and are available at most drugstores and sporting goods stores. These sports guards come pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately they don’t fit very well and many find them to be so bulky that they make breathing difficult. Mostly due to the fact that it can’t be customized for its wearer, the level of protection that a stock appliance provides is typically the lowest of all the types of sports mouthguards.

But with all these options, how can you know which one is best?

 

The Doctor’s Recommendation:

The most effective mouthguards are resilient, tear-resistant and comfortable. Ideally, your mouthguard should fit properly, be durable and easy to clean, and not restrict your speech or breathing.

At Century Stone Dental, we recommend a custom-made mouthguard. Though custom-made mouthguards don’t run cheap, the benefits of protecting your child far outweigh the costs associated with a dental or medical injury, which is more likely to occur with a store bought guard.

Studies have shown that when compared to over -the-counter versions, a custom-made mouthguard is essential to a player’s safety. According to a 2014 study from May/June issue of General Dentistry, high school football players wearing store-bought mouthguards were more than twice as likely to suffer mild traumatic brain injures (MTBI)/concussions than those wearing custom-made, properly fitted mouthguards.

 

Ultimately, wearing a mouthguard is a small price to pay to prevent a lifetime of dental treatment.

 

To order a custom-made mouthguard for you or your child, call us at Century Stone Dental today! (905)545-4833.

 

 

 

 

Sources

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140501101133.htm

https://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/misc-dental-problem-news-174/mouthguard-a-key-defense-against-sports-related-injuries-716284.html

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/dental-emergencies-and-sports-safety/article/important-reasons-for-mouth-guards

http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Science%20and%20Research/Files/patient_40.ashx

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Impacted Wisdom Teeth – 3 Warning Signs

by on March 1, 2017 | Posted in Blog

Are you Experiencing Wisdom Teeth Pain, Swelling, or Discomfort?

Wisdom teeth impactions happen when a wisdom tooth struggles to break through or erupt through the gums. Usually, around the age of 20, your back teeth will erupt and can become infected during this time which could cause you a lot of wisdom teeth pain and discomfort. This happens primarily because of their position in the mouth.

They’re often very hard to reach with your toothbrush and floss, which means they’re not regularly cleaned properly. This can cause food, plaque and other debris to accumulate on and between the teeth, promoting bacteria growth. Decaying of neighbouring teeth, sinus issues, deterioration of the jaw, gum decay and even cysts are all possible complications from impacted wisdom teeth.

Sometimes, a wisdom tooth doesn’t erupt fully. When this happens, the tooth may be covered partially with a flap of gum tissue, which can also trap food, plaque, and bacteria, resulting in a painful wisdom tooth infection.

Understanding the signs of impacted wisdom teeth can help you know when to get proper dental help. It is also possible to detect impacted wisdom teeth early through regular dental checkups and a pan x-ray. In some situations, a dentist may even recommend a patient to consider wisdom teeth removal early, even if they have not reported many problems.

impacted wisdom teeth

If a tooth has become impacted there are an array of signs and symptoms that will alert you when something is not right. If you are experiencing any of these signs/symptoms then it is time to make an appointment to the dentist.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Warning Signs

1. Pain
2. Swelling
3. Bad taste or bad breath

Wisdom Teeth Pain – Besides tooth and jaw pain, wisdom tooth impaction can cause major pain in some other areas. Wisdom teeth are located in the back of your jaw, therefore, a lot of tension can be created in that area. They are also located just under your sinus passages and can cause pressure against those passages. You may feel pain in any of these areas:

woman with wisdom teeth pain

  • Tender glands
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Earaches
  • Facial pain
  • Painful and bleeding gums
  • Teeth surrounding the wisdom teeth
  • Difficulty opening and closing mouth

 

Swelling- While most people expect swelling of gums or even along the jaw line for erupting teeth, there are more areas that might be affected. A big issue when it comes to these teeth becoming impacted is swelling in any of the following areas:

  • Around the Jaw
  • Gums
  • Glands in the Neck or Shoulder
  • Sinuses
  • Face

 

Bad taste- Wisdom teeth are tricky areas to clean and this is especially true as they erupt through the gums. Tiny crevices and open gums create multiple options for bacteria and debris to hide. Remember if you continuously brush your teeth and still experience the following, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist:

  • Continuously foul smelling breath
  • Constantly having a bad taste in your mouth
  • Food consistently tasting odd or off

Visiting your Hamilton dentist for regular checkups and recognizing the 3 main symptoms that occur with impacting of a wisdom tooth can help you catch problems before they start! If you are experiencing wisdom teeth pain, swelling, or a bad taste in your mouth, you should contact your dentist immediately.

To have your wisdom teeth assessed, call Century Stone Dental 905-545-4833 or email  info@centurystoendnetal.com.

 

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You may refer to your dental hygiene appointments as “just a cleaning.”  The truth is there is so much more than just teeth cleaning that occurs during these visits.  Good oral health starts with the basics of dental hygiene. While flossing and brushing regularly are an excellent start, they are not a substitute for a professional dental cleaning with a certified dental hygienist.

We sometimes hear the excuse for missing a dental cleanings is, “nothing hurts, so my teeth are fine” Unfortunately, pain is not a very good indicator of oral health. In fact, by the time pain presents itself problems are often much worse (and more costly!) than they would have been if addressed earlier.

Sometime patients feel treating cavities with fillings and crowns are more of a priority then a “dental cleaning” when in fact it’s the opposite! If you have stages of gum disease such as, swollen bleeding gums, tartar buildup, bone loss and loose teeth, this doesn’t make a very strong foundation for restorative work. You could spend a lot of money on restoring your teeth then potentially lose your teeth from gum disease. The key to good oral health is prevention.

At Century Stone Dental we have several excellent certified dental hygienists on staff. These hygienists are  not only here to clean your teeth, but also to give you detailed information on your home dental care.  They are able to evaluate each patient’s needs, and provide instructions accordingly.

Here are the 12 Reasons Why It’s Not “Just a Cleaning” For Your Teeth. This a list of what our dental hygienists are conducting during your appointment.

  • Oral Cancer screen inside the mouth and outside on the face
  • Check facial muscles, jaw joint and lymph nodes
  • Check gums for blood, pus or pockets
  • Evaluate texture of issues and recession of gums
  • Check for decay
  • Use of X-ray(s) to check for decay between teeth and bone levels
  • Use of X-ray(s) to check for cysts or abscesses and root absorption
  • Check fillings for leaks or cracks
  • Check for loose teeth or shifting and drifting of teeth
  • Check bite for wear, proper function and TMJ problems
  • Remove plaque, tarter and stain that can cause decay and gum disease with scaling, polishing and re-mineralize areas when needed
  • Patient education, recommendations and instructions to improve oral health

Our hygiene team will report all findings and evaluations to one of our dentists: Dr. Christopher Sims and Dr. Kenneth Urquhart. The dentist will evaluate all findings while performing their own oral examination and view any x-rays taken as well. Any further assessments or treatments will be recommend along with answering any patient concerns or questions.

Each and every aspect of a hygiene care appointment plays a very important part in not only maintaining good oral health but rather your complete overall health. That being said, you certainly do not want to miss the treatment of removing tarter. This “cleaning” is a vital part to maintaining healthy gums. It does not matter how efficient you are at brushing and flossing, even every day. You will continue to build up tarter that cannot be remove by home care alone.

Before you put off your next dental cleaning, please consider the other essential services that are being provided beyond your cleaning.  While regular cleanings are imperative to good oral health, the other services provided could prevent a much more serious problems down the line. Your teeth are priceless and you only have one permanent set!

To schedule a hygiene care appointment at our Hamilton Century Stone dental office call today 905-545-4853. Or email us at info@centurystonedental.com

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